a stable, inherited form of bacteriophage in which the genetic material of the virus is integrated into, replicated, and expressed with the genetic material of the bacterial host.
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How to use prophage in a sentence
Only bacteria that have unexploded prophages in their DNA and no other defenses were vulnerable to colibactin-producing bacteria in laboratory dishes.Some E. coli set off viral grenades inside nearby bacteria | Tina Hesman Saey | March 4, 2022 | Science News
Balskus’ team did not demonstrate that colibactin alone could detonate prophages.Some E. coli set off viral grenades inside nearby bacteria | Tina Hesman Saey | March 4, 2022 | Science News
British Dictionary definitions for prophage
a virus that exists in a bacterial cell and undergoes division with its host without destroying it: Compare bacteriophage
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